GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #104 - May 14, 2010
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Hey, sorry about missing last monthís newsletter. It was the first missed newsletter in over three years. I wonít bring you down with all of the woes, but between a computer virus and multiple deadlines, I just wasnít able to send one out last month. But things are much better now here at the Ghostvillage.com world headquarters. To quote a Barry Manilow song (something one should almost never do), ďit looks like we made itÖĒ Iím out of the woods and ready to paranormally rock once more.
I just finished a new book and DVD that will be available in July. Iím so excited about this project I can hardly contain myself. My intent is to present an entirely new way to look at the paranormal. I want to change everything. Stay tuned, GhostvillagersÖ something huge is comingÖ at the CopaÖ CopacabanaÖ (man, thatís twice now in two paragraphs).
A big welcome to the hundreds of new subscribers to the newsletter. Whether I met you at a recent conference or if you just stumbled upon our corner of the Internet, welcome. Stay a while and share your own ghostly experiences.
When talking about paranormal hot spots, one type of location that comes up repeatedly is battlefields. These are places where powerful, history-changing events took place. Itís where sometimes thousands of lives were lost in a short period of time, and where those fighting felt the most extreme of emotions from rage to raw fear as they realized their lives were about to end. When you walk on a battlefield today, you canít help but pick up on those feelings. The ground is hallowed, as President Abraham Lincoln put it in the Gettysburg Address. Though the president was talking about a small town in Pennsylvania, his words could apply to any battlefield in any war. The ground is hallowed. Full of souls.
In ghost investigations, we want to be where the ghosts are. Itís natural that we are drawn to these places of great tragedy. Itís also natural that we learn what took place in these locations. Who fought who. Who died where, and why. Historians are ready to spout statistics off about various battles: which armies were where and the numbers of dead and wounded, but those numbers are cold and have little impact or meaning. But a story about a single soldier with a family, with siblings, with friendsóthat has impact. Because then you can multiply that single story by the thousands of dead and start to understand the importance of the battle. Ghost research allows us to strive for that single story. Itís a noble pursuit. Donít let anyone tell you different.
In addition to all of my deadlines, Iíve also been travelling quite a bit for conferences and legend trips. Thank you to everyone who said hello at these events. I look forward to seeing you again at another one. See the list below for a list of upcoming engagements and be sure to be there!
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Houghton Mansion Ghost Conference - North Adams, Massachusetts - May 15, 2010
Book Expo America (BEA) Conference - New York, New York - May 26, 2010
Ghost Adventures Crew and Darkness Events - Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 3-5, 2010
Beyond Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado - June 13-16, 2010
Afterlife Paranormal Conference - Dekalb, Illinois - August 13-14, 2010
2010 Haunted America East Coast Conference - Cape Cod Community College - West Barnstable, Massachusetts - August 28, 2010
Ghost Adventures Crew and Darkness Events - Mansfield Reformatory - Mansfield, Ohio - September 9-12, 2010
A Paranormal Retreat: Virginia City - Virginia City, Nevada - October 1-4, 2010
A "Weird" Massachusetts Evening - Fiske Public Library - Wrentham, Massachusetts - October 19, 2010, 7 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Beaman Memorial Library - West Boylston, Massachusetts - October 26, 2010, 7 PM
Congratulations to Greg Galbraith of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Revised Edition and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!
How to win: Entries will be accepted up until 5:00 PM (eastern time) tomorrow (May 15, 2010).
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At the Joke Joint Comedy Club paranormal investigation, a dark shadow anomaly is caught in a photo. According to Mike Brody, what is the anomaly and what is it reaching for?
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Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)
This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Revised Edition and a Ghostvillage.com window sticker!
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May 15: Houghton
Mansion Ghost Conference - North Adams MA
May 22: Meet
the Ghosts of Cripple Creek's past!
May 26: Jeff
Belanger at Book Expo America in NYC
May 28: Alamo
June 3: Ghost
Adventures Crew - Eastern State Penitentiary
June 11: Through
the Veil, Ghostapalooza
June 13: Beyond
Reality Events - The Stanley Hotel - CO
June 18: The
Hill View Manor Experience Event
June 29: Jeff
Belanger on the Sheena Metal Experience
July 3: Paranormal/Psychic
July 8: Jeff
Belanger on Shadows & Lost Souls Radio
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>>Daewen<< - Ghostvillager since June 15, 2004
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
I'm a student. Anthropology major.
What got you interested in the paranormal?
I got interested in the paranormal when I was little. I woke up one night and saw the ghost of an old man. He said, "Don't be afraid," and then he disappeared. I had some other experiences after that and basically grew up believing that there are certain things in the world that can't be, or at least haven't yet been, explained.
Do you feel locations like battlefields are more prone to haunting?
Yes, I feel like any place where people died violently is going to be more prone to hauntings.
Whatís your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben and Jerry's Brownie Batter.
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Paranormal Pop Culture with Aaron Sagers By 30 Odd Minutes April 27, 2010 [VIDCAST]
The Starchild Skull with Lloyd Pye By 30 Odd Minutes April 20, 2010 [VIDCAST]
Haunted Inns on the Cape - Ghost Chronicles April 1, 2010 [PODCAST]
On the Road with Patrick Burns and Marley Gibson By 30 Odd Minutes March 30, 2010 [VIDCAST]
The Haunted Comedy Club By Mike Brody March 20, 2010 [COLUMN]
Folklore and Legends with Dr. Michael Bell By 30 Odd Minutes March 16, 2010 [VIDCAST]
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Community spirits: Investigating the paranormal activity at Lawrence Community Theatre Lawrence Journal World Lawrence, Kansas - April 1, 2010 [External News]
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